Early Years BA (Hons) Top-Up

UCAS Code: P9K7

One Year
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: GCSE English at grade C or grade 4 or above

Course Info

This HE course is perfect for people who are working with children and young people that have previously studied to and achieved a Level 5 qualification in early years/childhood studies.

This programme provides a progression route for students wishing to be part of the graduate children’s workforce of the future and it will be a significant step toward achieving Early Years Teacher Status or Qualified Teacher Status should you wish.

This sector is changing and evolving, it is envisaged that the new professional will be leading and shaping these changes.

The programme team has worked in partnership with employers to develop a newly refocused programme which is relevant and progressive allowing practitioners to further enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities.

This programme should challenge and encourage you to ask questions of yourself and your role and deepen your understanding of early years.

Modules to be studied are:

  • Collaborative Approaches to Research
  • Child in Society
  • Child Health and Wellbeing
  • Becoming a Change Agent
  • Dissertation

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Content will be delivered in a variety of formats including, but not limited to; lectures, seminars, group discussions, practical workshops, self-directed projects and independent study supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE).

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

This is a Level 6 entry programme and applicants will normally be expected to have an undergraduate qualification worth 240 credit points including FD Early Years or related area, of which 120 should be at Level 5.

Applicants should also have a GCSE English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above. Those wishing to continue onto Primary Teaching qualifications following the course will need to have Maths and Science at GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 also.

All programmes of study are conducted and assessed in the English language. Hence, applicants seeking admission are expected to be able to communicate effectively in the English language.

Suitably qualified overseas applicants may be required to evidence this by achieving a minimum of International English Language Testing System (IELTS 6.0) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL: 550 or equivalent).

There are no appointed placements undertaken in this course however there is the expectation that potential students either be in Full or Part time employment, undertaking at least three days amounting in no less than 16 hours voluntary employment per week in an early years setting.

Applicants who demonstrate in their UCAS application that they have met the academic requirements, thought about the appropriateness of the programme, have a clear idea of their progression route and have the relevant personal skills and qualities will be invited to interview.

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